“Geronimo never slept here,” Ted reminds us as we
approach the shallow cave. South of the cave we try to consolidate
again, without much success, to find our way down the perilous
There are a few cairns, but they don’t mark a consistent
route down. Eventually everyone gets to the base of the slickrock.
Where do we go now?
We take the lower but better-marked route across the valley by
Chimney Rock, then look for more cairns to thread our way around
The Peralta Trail is visible in the canyon far below us. There
are always people on the trail, but no sign of the hikers who
were with us at the overlook. No luck talking to them on the
radio, so we figure they are all gone by now.
These markings by Geronimo Cave are purely natural, I assure you.
The Devil’s Slide gets mighty steep. [photo by Eileen]